Effect of Functional Bracing on Knee Injury in Skiers With Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

William Sterett, Karen Briggs, Timothy farley and Richard Steadman.

The role of knee bracing following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction is contraversial.  This article examines whether bracing following reconstruction will have an effect on subsequent knee injury in skiers.  The study took place between 1991 and 1997, during this time 11606 skiers underwent knee screening.  820 skiers had previous reconstruction of their ACL.  They formed two groups; one group that skied wearing a brace and one that wore no brace.  The results showed that non-braced skiers were more likely to suffer subseqent injury than braced skiers.  This lead the authors to recommend function bracing for skiers following ACL reconstruction.

The American Journal of Sports Medicine 34:1581-1585 (2006)

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